Bear Killed Goat on Springtown Hill Road, Resident Tells Police

A young goat was reportedly killed by a bear in the 2000 block of Springtown Hill Road Thursday, according to Lower Saucon Township Police. In a news release issued Friday, police said a resident reported Thursday night that “a bear jumped the fence in his back yard and took one of his young goats.” In addition to police officers, two Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission wildlife conservation officers responded to the area to investigate the report, according to the news release. Although there were no other sightings that night, there have been numerous reports of black bear sightings in eastern Lower Saucon Township in recent weeks. Many of the sightings have been along or near Apple Street, Wassergass Road, Silver Creek Road and Polk Valley Road.

Watch: Bear Looks for Birdseed in Wassergass

A black bear was spotted in a yard off Wassergass Road in eastern Lower Saucon Township Sunday, according to a reader who shared a 16-second video of the sighting. Michael Karabin said the bear was first seen Aug. 10, when he gorged on about 10 pounds of birdseed after bending a bar 45 degrees to get to the feeders that held the tasty treat. On Sunday the bear was disappointed to find there was no more birdseed to be had, Karabin said. “The exciting part was when I walked around the corner of the garage thinking my wife was doing something with the cans and there stood the bear 15 feet in front of me,” he said.

Black Bear Seen on Apple Street

A Saucon Source reader reported Monday morning that her husband saw a black bear on Apple Street near Mockingbird Hill Road in Lower Saucon Township at around 8:15 a.m.

Kasie Seymour shared a photo of the bear on Saucon Source’s Facebook page. Bear sightings are not uncommon in much of Lower Saucon Township, and police have advised residents to use common sense in dealing with the animals, who are often attracted to birdfeeders and garbage cans. “Bears will not frequent or stay in an area if they cannot get enough to eat,” township police said in a statement last month. For more information about living with Pennsylvania’s black bears from the state fish and game commission, click here.

2 Bear Sightings Reported in L. Saucon

Two bear sightings were reported in Lower Saucon Township Friday morning. A black bear was reported in a driveway in the village by Erica Pursell, who said she notified police about the bruin who was last seen lumbering east toward Springtown. Another reader, Adrienne Pauling, shared a photo of a bear that was spotted by a birdfeeder near Springtown Hill Road Friday morning. Lower Saucon Township Police said in a brief statement posted on their Facebook page that the bear Pursell saw was also spotted on Gail Lane, which is in Leithsville. “Please do not approach the bear (and) keep animals and children away,” police advised residents.